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COVID-19: Where now for Employment Tribunals?

Recent reforms to the Employment Tribunal system and a move towards virtual hearings are intended to boost hearing capacity and access to justice. We consider the developments to the pre-existing approach and what this means for employers. Justice in slow motion?

Winding up petitions: High Court guidance

Regulations laid before Parliament yesterday seek to extend the current restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions to 31 December 2020. However, there will inevitably come a time when these temporary restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.

Running a charity at a time of crisis: reputation management tips for the third sector

Charities are undoubtedly invaluable to society, but regardless of their admirable aims, they are not immune to experiencing a crisis. This fact has come sharply into view amid the coronavirus pandemic, with charities currently experiencing , caused primarily by a drop in donations. This financial hit has left charities especially vulnerable, leaving the door open for mistakes and wrong decisions to be made. But there are steps you can take before and during a crisis to shield against reputational fallout


Ten US firms up salaries; London will have to wait

A host of US firms, mainly New York-based, rushed to increase their US associate salaries last night. At least 10 US firms have moved to match a rate set by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett earlier this week for all ranks of associates. The pay hikes are limited to US-based associates for the time being. Shearman’s […]

W&C raid adds to Gibson Dunn London hiring spree

White & Case‘s co-head of international arbitration, Cyrus Benson has quit for tival US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Benson will join Gibson Dunn’s London office, pushing the headcount of the City-based international arbitration team to nine fee-earners. The team was created 18 months ago by hiring Philip Rocher from Clifford Chance. Benson is the […]

Cushman & Wakefield adds two to legal team

Cushman & Wakefield is continuing its drive in the European property market with the addition of two new members to its growing legal team. The recruitment drive kicked off in 2005 with the property services company reporting a record turnover for Europe, the Middle East and Africa after profit rose by £164m. Marie Rees joined […]

Kirklees Council spearheads drive for legal benchmarking

The first-ever benchmarking group for city council legal departments is being set up. The group will be established in the next 12 months by Tony Walsh, legal services manager at Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Walsh emailed the legal heads of all of England’s and Wales’s 31 city councils late last month and expects to establish the […]

Bank threat adds urgency to US firms’ associate salary war

Clifford Chance’s newly qualified associates are now on base salaries of £81,000. But only in the US. The magic circle’s limited largesse came in response to a flurry of raises in associate pay at US firms. All it took was for one firm to announce a hike for a snowball effect to happen. Within days […]

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